File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/97-04-03.022, message 45

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 02:15:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: M-I: Talk about "Stalinism"

On Wed, 2 Apr 1997 wrote:

> I suppose that leadership is shown by chasing away those who
> raise questions you'd rather not deal with. no, lets not talk about why
> stalinism was a plague of this century. 

Louis: Pretty soon you and all the anti-Stalinists will have this list all
to yourself. What a stimulating conversation that will make for: Utica
Rose, Bob Malecki, Jerry Levy and Rahul. Malecki will tell the other three
about his next lost tooth, while Levy will correct the rest of the group's

My efforts over the next couple of months is going to be directed toward
pulling together people who are interested in discussing the sort of
issues that can be found in the Monthly Review, Socialist Register,
Sozialismus and other mainstream Marxist journals. It will be a moderated
list and anticommunists like yourself will not be permitted. 

I am sorry that you had a bad time of it in the 1960s. A Maoist once put
dog doody in my backpack when I was a philosophy student at the New School
in 1968, but that didn't turn me into the kind of raving Albert Shanker
clone that you've become. 

You will not cure people of their Stalinism by writing the sort of stupid
"Confess to your crimes, you dirty Stalinists" type posts that you write. 
I am sure that you know that as much as I do. You are simply a petty
hate-monger bent on trying to cause friction on a Marxist list. 

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